Young child becomes Mississippi’s 6th pediatric COVID-19 death

Mississippi has lost six children to COVID-19 since the pandemic began, state health officials said.The sixth death, which was a child younger than 5, was reported Wednesday by the Mississippi State Department of Health. State epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said according to the latest report, seven children are hospitalized in intensive care because of COVID-19 and three are on ventilators.”We have seen some increases in the number of pediatric admissions due to COVID-19,” Byers said. Byers said there is an increasing proportion of COVID-19 cases in children ages 5 to 17. “We’re seeing more COVID in those kids now. Certainly, a lot of those children are unvaccinated. We’re encouraging everyone now to make sure that your children 12 and older are vaccinated,” Byers said. While most children infected with COVID-19 will recover, some could experience severe symptoms, Byers said.Mississippi reported 3,385 new COVID-19 positive tests and 22 deaths Wednesday. Byers said the number hospitalizations appear to be flattening, but there is still an enormous amount of pressure on the state’s hospitals. “We are still seeing a whole lot of cases, guys. We’re seeing over 3,000 cases a day, almost. That’s still a lot of cases,” Byers said. “When we look at these deaths, we are seeing a number of deaths in younger individuals – in their 40s, 30s, and in some cases, in their 20s. These are unvaccinated individuals.”Byers said the state is seeing progress with the number of people being vaccinated.”That is ultimately what is going to get us out of this,” Byers said.Byers encouraged those who test positive to COVID-19 to talk to their doctor about monoclonal antibody treatment, which can be administered through IV infusion or four injections into the skin. “Don’t try to self-medicate,” Byers said. “Seeing increased calls to the (poison) center over livestock ivermectin. People have ingested them either in an attempt to self-medicate in the event of testing positive for COVID, or to prevent COVID. Please don’t try to self-medicate with animal medication. We’ve seen some increases guys, let’s not do this.”Byers also encouraged people who are immunocompromised to get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, which they can do by making an appointment through the MSDH website.State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs did not attend the briefing Wednesday or the governor’s news conference Tuesday. MSDH spokesperson Liz Sharlot said Dobbs is away on family business, which she said was of a “happy” nature. Sharlot said Dobbs will return shortly.

Mississippi has lost six children to COVID-19 since the pandemic began, state health officials said.

The sixth death, which was a child younger than 5, was reported Wednesday by the Mississippi State Department of Health. State epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said according to the latest report, seven children are hospitalized in intensive care because of COVID-19 and three are on ventilators.

“We have seen some increases in the number of pediatric admissions due to COVID-19,” Byers said.

Byers said there is an increasing proportion of COVID-19 cases in children ages 5 to 17.

“We’re seeing more COVID in those kids now. Certainly, a lot of those children are unvaccinated. We’re encouraging everyone now to make sure that your children 12 and older are vaccinated,” Byers said.

While most children infected with COVID-19 will recover, some could experience severe symptoms, Byers said.

Mississippi reported 3,385 new COVID-19 positive tests and 22 deaths Wednesday. Byers said the number hospitalizations appear to be flattening, but there is still an enormous amount of pressure on the state’s hospitals.

“We are still seeing a whole lot of cases, guys. We’re seeing over 3,000 cases a day, almost. That’s still a lot of cases,” Byers said. “When we look at these deaths, we are seeing a number of deaths in younger individuals – in their 40s, 30s, and in some cases, in their 20s. These are unvaccinated individuals.”

Byers said the state is seeing progress with the number of people being vaccinated.

“That is ultimately what is going to get us out of this,” Byers said.

Byers encouraged those who test positive to COVID-19 to talk to their doctor about monoclonal antibody treatment, which can be administered through IV infusion or four injections into the skin.

“Don’t try to self-medicate,” Byers said. “Seeing increased calls to the (poison) center over livestock ivermectin. People have ingested them either in an attempt to self-medicate in the event of testing positive for COVID, or to prevent COVID. Please don’t try to self-medicate with animal medication. We’ve seen some increases guys, let’s not do this.”

Byers also encouraged people who are immunocompromised to get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, which they can do by making an appointment through the MSDH website.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs did not attend the briefing Wednesday or the governor’s news conference Tuesday. MSDH spokesperson Liz Sharlot said Dobbs is away on family business, which she said was of a “happy” nature. Sharlot said Dobbs will return shortly.

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